willular saidThere was nothing wrong with this airplane. it was the co-pilots fault. and the reason why Lufthansa didn't know about his medical condition was because HE didn't tell them. This has nothing to do with aircraft safety, and everything to do with a mentally unstable person.
This can easily happen to a bus driver, train conductor, subway operator, etc.
yes it wasn't a technical fault..but how can an airline not know when a pilot of theirs is not well psychologically?? The fact that he hid the fact is not a good excuse. Look how many people have died and now they have to pay 1 billion in compensation fees.
I feel this could have been prevented.
Sure it could have been prevented. just about everything in life can be prevented. But the fact that an employee choose not to disclose his medical condition to his employer is not the fault of the employer themselves. If the co-pilot had told his boss , "hey man, I'm super depressed right now and I've been seeing a psychiatrist and they said I shouldn't be doing my job right now", he'd be relieved of duty and those people would still be alive today. But he didn't.
I can understand to some extent why the co-pilot did not disclose his condition. it would basically mean he couldn't fly. he'd be "grounded". I don't know if that would affect his pay or not.
I'm not trying to say what he did was right, but I can somewhat sympathize with his failure to disclose his condition to his employer. unfortunately he became so distraught that his actions affected everyone on board (and their families).
But there's no way for an employer to know everything about all their employees all the time. Do you think that Delta, United, American Airlines, Korean Air, etc... all know everything about all their hundreds of pilots? Does Greyhound know about all their bus drivers?
In large companies like the airlines or any other mass transit, the only way for employers to know about their employees is if the member actually tells them.
It's good to know that Lufthansa is going to pay out the compensation and they have already stated they will do it without argument. It's a sad story, but at least they are owning up to the consequences of one of their employees horrific actions.